The lecture is free, but tickets will be required. For tickets, call 503-883-2217; write College Relations, Linfield College, 900 SE Baker, McMinnville, Ore. 97128-6894; or stop by the College Relations Office, 026 Melrose. The lecture is sponsored through the Walter P. Dyke Endowment, honoring the Linfield alumnus and faculty member who was known as a strong teacher, innovative scientist and researcher, and philanthropist.
Burke is a leader in promoting public understanding of science and technology. His award-winning television series "Connections " and "Connections2" reveal the links between science, history, social change and technology. His most recent installment, the 10-hour "Connections3," recently aired on Discovery's The Learning Channel.
In 1965, Burke began work with BBC-TV on "Tomorrow's World" and went on to become the BBC's chief reporter on the Apollo moon missions. For over 30 years, he has produced, directed, written and presented award-winning television series on the BBC, PBS and the Learning Channel, including the award-winning "Connections" series and "The Day the Universe Changed"; "The Burke Special," a one-man science series; "After the Warming," a series on the greenhouse effect; and "Masters of Illusion," a special on Renaissance painting for the National Art Gallery.
Burke is a best-selling author, with publications including "Tomorrow's World," "Tomorrow's World II," "Connections," "The Day the Universe Changed," "The Pinball Effect," "The Knowledge Web," and "Circles."
Burke wrote a monthly column for Scientific American for six years and is currently a contributor to Forbes ASAP and Time magazine. He is presently working on a large interactive knowledge system. He is a frequent speaker on the subject of technology and social change to audiences such as NASA, MIT, IBM, Microsoft, government agencies and the World Affairs Council.
He was educated at Oxford and also holds honorary degrees for his work in communicating science and technology.
The Walter P. Dyke Endowment was established through a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, where Dyke served as a trustee for many years. The fund was established to support faculty and student research and strengthen the research environment in the sciences at Linfield.